This post is sponsored by Absopure. All opinions are my own.
Now that Mowgli and I have a few runs under our belt (our should I say feet?) I thought I would share my tips for running with a dog.
Remember when you first started running? That’s what it is like for your dog right now. He has no idea how to pace himself and he has no idea how far a mile really is. It’s up to you to set the pace so that he doesn’t tire himself out too soon or else you may find yourself having to carry him back to the car.
Don’t plan on taking your dog out for long runs until he is acclimated to running longer distances. Like people, dogs need to build a base before they can put in some serious mileage. Also, you should keep in mind that some dogs are made to be sprinters and some dogs are made for distance, so you will have to see what suits your dog best.
The right running gear is important for you, right? Well, it’s also important for your dog as well. You may need to experiment with different harnesses / collars and leashes to find out what works best for running.
Mowgli uses a Kurgo Harness which we love. It’s great for running and walking and it also has an adapter that lets me buckle him into the car which gives me the added piece of mind when we are driving to and from the trails. (He likes running trails better than road running too, go figure.)
Hydration is just as important for your dog as it is for you. I always carry Absopure water with me on my runs and I always make sure that I have enough to give Mowgli as well.
I keep a plastic container with me in my car so that Mowgli has something to drink out of when we are done running but I think I would also like to get a collapsible dog bowl like this one that I found an Amazon, so that he can drink while we are out on our run. Or maybe I can teach him to let me squirt the water into this mouth. I’m guessing the bowl will be the easier option.
Your initial runs with your dog should be just for fun. If you try to take him out with you when you have a certain time or distance goal in mind you are setting yourself (and your dog) up for failure. Go out for your run with no expectation other than to have fun and you will not be disappointed.
Please keep in mind that I am not a dog expert nor am I a running expert. I just happen to like both and wanted to share my experiences with you. I recommend that you consult your vet before running with your dog to make sure that he is healthy enough to do so. Also you should wait until your dog is at least one year of age before running with him so that his bones have time to grow and mature.
Do you run with your dog? Tell me about it!
Any tips or tricks?